The inaugural Grow Your Own Show threw open its gates at Loseley Park in Surrey on 1 May – hoping to cash in on the nation’s love affair with veg.

Launch day at the Grow Your Own Show (copyright IPC)

Director of the two-day edibles extravaganza Dianne Clifford said the show had “probably met” its target of 3,500 visitors even though official figures were not yet available.

Last month, AG reported that rival event The Edible Garden Show in Warwickshire had a successful launch, with 10,000 visitors attending.

However, the Grow Your Own Show – slogan ‘grow it, cook it, eat it’, was marketed as a regional event for southern England, while the Edible Garden Show was branded a national event.

Gardeners’ Question Time’s Pippa Greenwood (pictured, inset), who attended the launch event, said: “Grow-your-own is still booming. More and more people are interested. It’s fantastic.”

Exhibitor Gaynor Egan, a partner at Home Grown Revolution of Norwich, said: “The grow-your-own market is definitely picking up. We’ve had interest in our raised beds from older people, schools and young families. This is a targeted show that’s been well advertised.”

Tony Barker of Square Metre Gardening, a supplier of raised bed kits, said on the opening day: “The show has been quieter than The Edible Garden Show so far, but it is a nice idea and we are thrilled to be part of it.”